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Political battle in by-election

Joe Morrow
The by-election will take place because Joe Morrow has resigned

The Labour/Lib Dem administration at Dundee City Council is set to face a tough test in a by-election sparked by a councillor's resignation.

Labour's Joe Morrow has stepped down from his position in the Maryfield ward because of other commitments.

The council is made up of 13 SNP members, 10 from Labour (including Mr Morrow), three Conservatives, two Liberal Democrats and one independent.

The by-election has been scheduled for 12 March.

The Labour/Liberal Democrat administration is informally supported by the Conservatives.

A win in the by-election would not give the SNP a majority in the 29 member council, but would leave them one seat away and would strengthen their position.

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